If you have had a tooth extracted, a blood clot will form over the empty socket. If that clot is disrupted or removed, you could a victim of dry socket. The clot can be dislodged by chewing on the side of your mouth that had the extraction, smoking, using a straw or brushing the site. A dry socket can expose the bone and nerves, which can cause you a great deal of pain. If you have a dry socket, it’s best to contact Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki.
When you come to our office, the dentist can treat the problem. Treatment may include:
-Cleaning the extraction site and placing medication in the socket. This will help kill bacteria and promote healing.
-Prescribing a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that can help with pain and swelling. This drug could be aspirin or ibuprofen.
When you go home after treatment, you should should follow the dentist’s aftercare instructions, avoid using tobacco products, using a straw and aggravating the extraction area. Those things could affect the healing process.
Call Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS today at 908-688-1160 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our dental team will be more than happy to tell you all about dry socket in Union, New Jersey. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!